6 Things We Want Our Supporters (and Potential Supporters) to Know

“It’s like calling a girl I like and not knowing what she’s going to say,” Ryan said as he was psyching himself up to call another church.  Thankfully Ryan has a lovely wife now (if I do say so myself:-) and has no need or desire to call girls but we both still have the responsibility to contact individuals and churches while we continue to support raise.  Each and every one of these phone calls, text messages, emails and Facebook notes require extra thought and prayer.  We never know what the response will be but we will keep working until we reach our goal or until God directs us elsewhere.Ryan.pngSo as we continue this process, here are 6 things we want our current supporters and potential supporters to know.

  1. We wish there was an easier way.  From the beginning Ryan and I have been thankful to have a long list of friends, relatives and acquaintances in our lives who care about us.  We want first and foremost for people to be a part of our ministry through prayer but we also know that if everyone who reads this blog, our newsletters or generally keeps up with us gave $20 a month, we would be more than fully funded.  But we are thankful to everyone who does what they can, whether that is fervent prayer, a smaller donation either monthly or one-time and for those many individuals who are able to and give more than $20 a month or even larger one-time gifts.
  2. Ryan and I do not enjoy asking for money.  Now before anyone jumps on that phrase to remind me that we are “asking people to partner with us” or “asking people to join in our ministry” or any other way of saying it, I understand and we truly view this as a partnership with our supporters.  However, at the end of the day we need money in our account to do our jobs and that funding has to come from somewhere.  We know people have a long list of demands on their budgets so faithfully we will continue to ask.  And prayerfully we will continue to trust that the money will come.
  3. We know that there are benefits to this system.  At this point in the process we get to travel and see people face to face.  Skype is good but there is something about sitting down for a meal or just hanging out.  Also when people join us with interest, prayers and/or finances, we want to keep them informed and keep in touch as personally as possible.  This is one of the reasons I blog, we do Instagram, keep up on Facebook, with newsletters, etc.  We see the benefit in sharing our story with those who are invested in us.  And we also love hearing from you and following your journey.
  4. Don’t be afraid of our phone call or messages.  Please believe that we do enjoy sharing our story.  We would much rather people be up front about their financial situation but that won’t change our desire to share and keep in touch.  Maybe God might even change your heart when you hear more about our ministry:-)  We are thankful for all our relationships and would love to make a time to see you face to face if we’re in the area or catch up by phone or Skype.
  5. We genuinely want you to pray about supporting us (and discuss it with your spouse if that’s applicable to you).  Pray.  Listen to God.  Seek wise counsel.  And if God is telling you not to support us or to support another ministry or give more to your church or whatever it may be, listen.  But if you are hearing from God to support us, pray for us or advocate for us, listen.
  6. No is an acceptable answer.  Or even, not now.  Or even, maybe when things change.  Or even, we don’t know.  Seriously, it’s ok.

Thank you for being a part of our ministry in whatever way you can.  We look forward continuing to share our journey and enjoy having you along with us on this ride.

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Tim Tam Slams

Tam Tam slams are one of our favorite things to introduce to family and friends.  They tend to go over a bit better than vegemite.  Although it is widely known that I enjoy vegemite on toast and I wish more people shared in my love for this tasty, salty treat.  But this post isn’t about vegemite so back to the delicious Tim Tam.  Monday I posted about the Tim Tam Taste Test.  And after the taste test we, of course, had to celebrate by experiencing the Tim Tam Slam.Explain It WellThe Tim Tam Slam is done by using a Tim Tam as a straw to drink hot chocolate (or your other hot beverage of choice) and the liquid makes the biscuit deliciously melty and gooey.  Ryan has his directions down pat and always cracks me up when he uses the words “structural integrity”.  I’ve documented the process below for your future Tim Tam Slam enjoyment.Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 9.36.44 AM1. Hold the Tim Tam and take small bites out of opposite corners.

Slam 12. Put one bitten end of the Tim Tam in the hot chocolate and suck the liquid in through the other end.Slam 23. Once you feel the structural integrity of the biscuit start to collapse then “slam” the biscuit into your mouth.  Slam 34. Enjoy!  These Tim Tam Slams have made such fun memories on many of our stops.  I’m glad that Tim Tam Slams have made their way into a few homes as a favorite dessert treat. Ryan and I will continue sharing the love until our box of Australian Tim Tams is empty.

 

 

The Cold Part

snowdrivingIt’s the last day of April and I drove today through the snow.  Maybe I’ve done a little snow driving before in California but nothing that I can really remember and definitely not in April.  I can now say that I’ve driven through the Rockies in falling, blowing snow.  The coldest it got was 25 degrees according to the temperature gauge on our car.  But it was a beautiful drive (at least what I could see when I wasn’t needing to focus solely on seeing out the front windshield) and the light flocking of snow made everything look lovely.therockiesWe’re hoping that this is the coldest it will be on our road trip so it can only warm up from here.  There is snow on the ground in front of Ryan’s brother’s home but it didn’t stop us from having a great evening with some of Ryan’s old friends here in Colorado.  It was a night for Rook and catching up.  We’re thankful to have arrived safely and are looking forward to a lot of work this week mixed with good family time.

Skyping with “The Team”

IMG_20160413_190354.jpgRyan and I are not going alone to Australia.  We are part of a team.  Tonight we did a three way Skype with the main team already in Perth, another couple here in the US and us.  Although having 12+ people (4 couples and kiddos) on one end of the Skype call made for an interesting time of pass the phone and say hello, we got to connect, share prayer requests and ended the conversation even more excited to all be together.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

To Those “Holding the Rope”

Ryan and I spoke again tonight and we found ourselves in a room filled with many people who have been “holding the rope” for me for many years.  And now they’re holding the rope for us.  We look forward to continued relationships with many people who are on the other end, holding us up as we move towards Australia.  Thank you to everyone who is in this category!  We appreciate you.IMG_20160406_194323What do I mean by holding the rope?  Read the account below about William Carey, a missionary to India in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

After hearing an account of the spiritual needs of India, the secretary of the meeting remarked: “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?” “I will venture to go down,” said William Carey, “but remember that you must hold the ropes.”

A Day in LA

IMG_20160402_111504-2We love to take advantage of beautiful California days and hike whenever we get a chance.  Today we hiked from Ferndell up to the Griffith Observatory, a beautiful scenic hike in the middle of LA.  Last time we visited the Griffith Observatory was Valentine’s Day 2014, a week before we got married.  And this morning we got together to celebrate life milestones with Ryan’s friends from Pardeeville, Wisconsin who live in the LA area.  One couple is newly engaged, we got to meet the other couple’s 8 month old son and we shared more about our adventures getting to Australia.  It was a great LA day.IMG_20160402_114527

Are you in Australia yet?

Are you back from Australia already?  How is Australia?  What’s it like living down under? Back so soon!?  These are all questions we receive on a somewhat regular basis.  It’s especially prevalent in areas where we have spent a lot of time but now are mostly gone.  If we didn’t leave for Australia, than where did we go?IMG_0821Coming back to Camarillo is a little strange for me and almost surreal.  We lived here for the first two years of our marriage, and Ryan had lived here for a few years even before that.  We use to have a home, jobs, friends, church and community.  It was all here.  But since early February, we’ve been on the road working towards the goal of serving in Australia.  We even had a good-bye party in Camarillo because we wouldn’t be living here any longer and of course we’re not at church every Sunday anymore.  So it’s understandable that some people in are confused about where we are but no, we’re not in Australia…yet.  We’re working towards it!

Our home is currently wherever we are together.  We knew that going into our marriage.  Through prayer, the wisdom of our organization and God’s timing, we are working towards getting to Australia.  This requires more financial support as well as training among other things.  Since you’re a blog reader you know that we’re still here in the US and you’ve hopefully been following our adventures.  Please pray for peace for us in God’s timing.  We may not be in Australia yet but we definitely feel that God has already started our ministry.